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Recipes for ruminators

Rather than write about love, sex, and death, about splitting off parts of ourselves and using other people as stand-ins for those parts (it’s complicated and personal and impossible to write about here, but on my mind), I thought I’d share a few simple recipes that one can consume alone while thinking about the big themes.

There is no cohesive narrative tying these recipes together. I happened to have grapefruit and avocado on hand. I happened to remember the days at
Andy’s, when I consumed many a Dark ’N Stormy, and I happen to enjoy the toasted cheese with dijon, dills, and jalapenos a few times a month.

Idiosyncratic? Yes. No more of the same old same old.


Dark ‘ N Stormy
Imbibe “Bermuda’s National Drink” while thinking of the old times and wondering where your youth went. Sure, five years at least of it went to stuff like this, the big cup, cool in your hands, easy to drink, thirst-quenching and relaxing. And the people back then were friendly, though so much of that time is blurry, the bars with their incessant dance beats or tinny instrumentals and whiny singers, the press of bodies, the gin and tonics sloshing on your hand, soaking your sleeve, splashing the girl in front of you who turned around, eyes narrowed. Pardon me. Excuse me. Excuse me. Coming through. Behind you. Oh, I’m sorry. Excuse me. Oops. Excuse me. WIth that final apologia, you were outside in the Georgetown air, wondering how and when your friends would find you.

2 oz Gosling's® Black Seal rum
8 oz ginger beer
lime wedge

Put on the Cure’s Kiss Me, Kiss Me,
Kiss Me, album(s) in whatever format works for you (points for actual vinyl or cassette tape). Pour rum over ice, add ginger ale, and stir. Garnish with lime wedge. Drink quickly and make another.

Grapefruit Avocado Salad
Savor this colorful mixture of unctuous avocado and tangy grapefruit while standing in the kitchen wondering whether we really know anyone anyway. Start with yourself. The beauty of the question is there is no answer. It’s as simple as that.

One large pink grapefruit, supremed
1 medium Hass avocado, pitted, peeled, and cut into large chunks
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon minced red onion (yes, you’ll have most of a leftover onion lying around after this)
Olive oil
lemon juice
Salt and pepper

Toss grapefruit sections, avocado chunks, cilantro, and red onion in a medium bowl. Add a slug or two of olive oil and a splash or more of lemon juice and toss again. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Return to pondering the unknowable.

Toasted cheese sandwich with dijon, dills, and jalapenos
Eat straight from the toaster oven tray as you stare into the middle distance, thinking of the days of real grilled cheese with tomato made on fluffy white bread griddled to a crisp, the cheese molten, the thinly sliced tomato still cool as morning, the simple mix from the time when you should have been more guarded. Remember the man who had “the finest toaster oven money could buy,” and relish your escape from an unexamined life.

2 slices of bread, each piece buttered on one side
dijon mustard
1 kosher dill pickle (I recommend
Bubbies), thinly sliced longways
1 to 2 slices cheddar cheese, depending on how cheesy you want it.
4-5 pickled jalapeno slices (unless you are feeling bold and want to use fresh, in which case, you’re on your own)

Spread the mustard on the unbuttered side of each slice of bread. Place one piece of bread butter side down on a toaster oven tray. Cover bread with sliced pickle (you will have extra slices left over). Add cheese slice. Cover cheese slice with jalapenos (or to taste). If using a second piece of cheese, add it now. Top sandwich with second piece of bread, butter side up. Toast on medium or until bread pleases you with its crispness. Flip and toast on medium again.

After that, you know what to do.

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